Dave Bowman (footballer, born 1964)

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Dave Bowman
Personal information
Full name David Bowman[1]
Date of birth (1964-03-10) 10 March 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth Tunbridge Wells, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder, Right back
Club information
Current team
Dundee United
(Development squad assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Heart of Midlothian 116 (8)
1984–1986 Coventry City 40 (2)
1986–1998 Dundee United 336 (9)
1998–1999 Raith Rovers 23 (0)
1999–2000 Orient & Yee Hope Union ? (1)
2000–2002 Forfar Athletic 36 (2)
Total 551 (21)
National team
1992–1993 Scotland 6 (0)
Teams managed
2007 Livingston (caretaker)
2015 Dundee United (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Bowman (born 10 March 1964) is a Scottish football coach and former player. In a 12 year career with Dundee United he played in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final and won the 1993-94 Scottish Cup. At United he was also a three time Scottish Cup runner up.

He also played for Heart of Midlothian, Coventry City, Raith Rovers and Forfar Athletic as well as having a spell in Hong Kong with Yee Hope FC. He played six times for the Scotland national football team and was a non-playing squad member at UEFA Euro 1992. Since 2007 he has worked as a community coach at Dundee United.

Early life[edit]

Dave Bowman was born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England on 10 March 1964.[1] He is the son of Scottish footballer Andy Bowman, formerly of Chelsea and Heart of Midlothian (Hearts), who was playing for Tonbridge at the time of his son's birth.[2] The family subsequently moved to Edinburgh, where Dave grew up. He played youth football for Salvesen Boys Club before signing for his father's former club, Hearts, in June 1980.

Playing career[edit]

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

He started his senior career with Hearts making 116 league appearances before leaving in 1984.[3]

Coventry City[edit]

Bowman moved to Coventry City for two seasons where he was joined by Jim McInally signing from Nottingham Forest. They left together in a joint deal in the summer of 1986.

Dundee United[edit]

Bowman and McInally joined Dundee United in a combined £140,000 deal and reached the 1987 UEFA Cup Final in their first season there. En route United beat F.C. Barcelona home and away and then eliminated Borussia Monchengladbach in the semi final. They lost 2-1 on aggregate in the final to IFK Goteborg.

Bowman and McInally played in three losing Dundee United Scottish Cup final teams. These were in 1987 to St Mirren, 1988 to Celtic and in the 1991 final to Motherwell in which Bowman scored. They collected a winners medal from the 1994 Scottish Cup Final win against Rangers.

Bowman is ranked number 10 on United's all-time appearance list.[4]

Raith Rovers, Yee Hope and Forfar Athletic[edit]

Bowman spent the latter part of his playing career at Raith Rovers, Hong Kong club Yee Hope and finally Forfar Athletic. There he achieved the dubious distinction of a Scottish record seven game suspension imposed for swearing at the match officials.[5]

International[edit]

Bowman made six full international appearances for the Scotland national football team between March 1992 an September 1993. He was part of Scotland's UEFA Euro 1992 finals squad but was not selected for any of his team's three games.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

As Forfar were a part-time club, Bowman was able to join the coaching staff at Dundee United, where he continued to serve the club until he left following Craig Brewster's appointment as manager in 2006. After a brief spell as a pundit for BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme, he returned to coaching when old friend John Robertson invited him to be his assistant at Livingston. Following his spell in Livingston, Bowman moved to Dens Park to work alongside Gordon Wallace as youth coach. In October 2007, Bowman returned to Tannadice for a third time, accepting an invitation as community coach.[7]

On 28 September 2015 it was reported that Bowman would take temporary charge of Dundee United's first-team squad in the wake of manager Jackie McNamara's departure from the club.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1980–81 Heart of Midlothian[9] Scottish Premier Division 18 1 - 4 1 - 22 2
1981–82 16 1 2 0 5 0 - 23 1
1982–83 39 5 4 0 9 2 - 52 7
1983–84 33 0 1 0 7 0 - 41 0
1984–85 11 1 - 4 0 2 0 17 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1984–85 Coventry City First Division 40 2 N/A N/A - 40 2
1985–86
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1986–87 Dundee United Scottish Premier Division 28 0 2 0 1 0 6 0 37 0
1987–88 39 1 8 0 2 0 3 0 52 1
1988–89 28 1 3 1 4 0 4 0 39 2
1989–90 24 1 5 0 1 0 4 1 34 1
1990–91 20 1 4 1 1 0 2 0 27 2
1991–92 40 3 2 0 3 0 - 45 3
1992–93 24 0 1 0 - - 25 0
1993–94 35 2 6 0 4 0 2 0 47 2
1994–95 31 0 4 1 2 0 1 0 38 1
1995–96 Scottish First Division 17 0 1 0 1 0 - 19 0
1996–97 Scottish Premier Division 28 0 1 0 2 0 - 31 0
1997–98 19 0 1 0 4 0 4 0 28 0
1998–99 Raith Rovers Scottish First Division 23 0 1 0 2 0 - 26 0
Hong Kong League FA Cup & Shield League Cup Asia Total
1999-00 Orient and Yee Hope Union Hong Kong First Division League - - - - -
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Forfar Athletic Scottish Second Division 23 2 1 0 1 0 - 25 2
2001–02 12 0 - 1 0 - 13 0
Total Scotland 511 19 47 3 58 3 28 1 644 26
Total England 40 2 N/A N/A 0 0 40 2
Total Hong Kong N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Career total 551 21 47 3 29 3 58 1 685 28

Honours[edit]

Dundee United[edit]

1993–94

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dave Bowman". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Andy Bowman". The Scotsman. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "David Bowman". Dundee United Hall of Fame. Dundee United FC. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Ian Roach (21 April 2011). "'Psycho' Dave Bowman would find it hard now game has 'gone soft'". The Courier.co.uk. D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bowman banned until December". BBC. 11 October 2000. 
  6. ^ Dave Bowman, Scottishfa.co.uk
  7. ^ "Return to United delights Bowman". The Courier (Dundee). 16 October 2007. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Richard (28 September 2015). "Dundee United: Dave Bowman named caretaker at Tannadice". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dave Bowman: Midfield". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 

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